A short psychological horror game that focuses on storytelling and mystery, where you explore a mysterious abandoned building and find notes that paint a disturbing picture. Please read description before playing.
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Release Date: Mar 20, 2014

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May 3

'The Grandfather' has been released

The collab project between MPR Art Hallucinations and I--The Grandfather--has been released on Steam:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/433750/

The Grandfather is a strange point and click adventure inspired by surrealist films such as David Lynch's Eraserhead. It follows the story of an old man who is tormented by the coldness of his wife, and wakes up one night to find that his arms, legs, and torso are missing, leaving him a disembodied floating head.

Keep in mind that The Grandfather was designed/directed by MPR Art Hallucinations (creator of The Lady) and simply programmed by me. So expect a much different (much more surreal) experience than you get in my solo horror games.

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December 31, 2015

Looking for Feedback

Since I'm taking a more "relaxed" approach to game development for now, I thought it would be a good time to improve some areas I might be weak in. So I'd like feedback from anyone and everyone on about where you think my writing could improve. I'd like to hear issues relating to characters, story, prose, or narrative that you have with any of my games. Please leave feedback at http://ironsnowflakes.blogspot.com/2015/12/critique-my-writing.html (you do not need an account to leave a comment).

Only thing I ask is that your feedback is CONSTRUCTIVE. This is not the place to vent your anger at me or my games. That's what Steam reviews are for, it seems.

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Reviews

“The pure terror of Fingerbones would make Hitchcock proud.”
N/A – Kill Screen Daily

“It’s one of the more unsettling games I’ve played in a while because it isn’t afraid to tackle a mature, even taboo subject...”
N/A – Bloody Disgusting

About This Game

Originally released last year, Fingerbones was my first experiment in narrative-focused horror. You begin in a mysterious abandoned building, pitch dark save for the golden light filtering in from the windows. As you explore, scattered notes begin to tell a disturbing tale.

Since then, I have released two other horror games (The Moon Sliver and The Music Machine), which take lessons learned from Fingerbones into account, and improve on its ideas. However, some people still consider Fingerbones their favorite. So it is now available on Steam for free, with a few minor enhancements.

SOME FACTS ABOUT FINGERBONES

- It's a short, narrative-focused horror experience, in the vein of games like Serena. If you're averse to reading or demand overt threats and jumpscares in your horror games, this is not a game for you.

- It deals with disturbing subject matter. Be aware that this is not a game for children or those likely to be easily triggered.

- It features a unique artstyle that combines elements of pixel horror with realistic lighting effects, which is intended to enhance the surreal atmosphere.

- This is not a Unity Asset Store collection. Modeling, music, environments, textures, and programming were done from scratch. Sound effects were manufactured from creative commons samples.

- Its music is a dynamic part of the game world, evolving based on the player's movements around the environment.

- It attempts to bring some logic and purpose to the traditional "collect scattered notes" narrative mechanic of many indie horror games.

- It is an experiment in creating an intense, horrifying experience through narrative, atmosphere, and pacing alone.

- It is intended to be completed in a single sitting (usually around half an hour for most players), and does not feature a save system.

- Be aware that the game quits automatically upon completion.

- If you're interested in reading my thoughts on the game a year later, check out http://ironsnowflakes.blogspot.com/2015/07/looking-at-fingerbones-year-later.html

- Many of the ideas about narrative and horror were expanded on in The Moon Sliver and The Music Machine. Consider taking a look at them if you like what you see in Fingerbones.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or Higher
    • Processor: Intel i3 or equivalent
    • Graphics: AMD 6870 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 80 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Any computer capable of running typical Unity games should be able to run Fingerbones without any trouble.
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Caphein
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I'm enjoy this game. All the time i got scared, wait for the jump sacre and, in the final......i guess you need play to know.
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McNuggetMaster
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
That was scarier than expected. Take a little time and play it. Its free too.
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Zike
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
i played this game out of boredom and was not dissapointed it had very good story and a very good atmosphere my rating is 8/10 its graphics were just a bit lacking but other then that its really good
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damien_devour
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
What just happened? I'm very confused, nice music tho.
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µVort
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Although very short, this is cenrtainly worth to play. With a very unsettling atmosphere and eerie story this is a great psychological horror game; it gave me the chills...
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jokersam6
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Amazing game that explores a dark storyline. Thankfully there are no jumpscares.
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Ladybird923
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
What the hell? This is a rip-off, tryhard of Layers of Fear...
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Jacana jacana
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
nanowrimo dreck
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Loafmeat
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
All I can say is holy ♥♥♥♥. I beat this game in 16 minutes but yet still found myself with chills down my back.
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Running-Target
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Fingerbones is a free short game, 3D exploration with a few items to interact with. It worked, looked ok, played ok, sounded ok. Try it, if you like game like this. Look for the walkthrough in the forum or guide. The textures to everything are terrible though, that is going to turn many players off.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
This game is proof that jumpscares aren't everything. Fingerbones created a chilling story and supplied an eerie ambiance without anything jumping out and startling me. I loved it.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
It runs on my computer... and it looks good... so I like it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Amazing game that explores a dark storyline. Thankfully there are no jumpscares.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Fingerbones is a free short game, 3D exploration with a few items to interact with. It worked, looked ok, played ok, sounded ok. Try it, if you like game like this. Look for the walkthrough in the forum or guide. The textures to everything are terrible though, that is going to turn many players off.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Open your mind and immerse yourself into the thrilling story of one mysterious bunker. It's a short but very psychological and creepy indie gem.
8/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Hey thas pretty good!
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245 of 271 people (90%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2015
[SUMMARY]

For a game that is free to play, and has very little download time it is most certainly worth your time, if you got 30 minutes or so spare, download this game and play it. Do note if you are under the age of 13, that you need to think carefully before playing this game, because it might scare younger players, but to be honest do feel free to play it, and finish it. Totally recommend: 8/10.

[IN DEPTH REVIEW]

So, you still have your doubts huh? Well, I’ll explain why it is so great.

The storyline is so brilliant for an indie horror game, to be honest I hate horror games, but this, was something I actually enjoyed, it has no jump scares (although I did rush the game for the review, I may update it later if there is one, that I may have missed during rushing), and is purely driven about the idea of psychological horror, and that’s what makes it such a compelling storyline, and, despite the multiple chills I felt going down my back, I continued, because I wanted to see what would happen, and how it would end.

In terms of playability, it is, like most indie games, a pick up and play, the only thing that will make you think, is the complexity of the situation, and not which controls you need to press, the themes of this game is mildly concerning, (not going to spoil anything) and at the end, really makes you think about yourself, and if what your doing is right. I really struggled to get started on this review, purely because it keep returning to my mind, but, that is what the game is meant to do to you.

The game itself is quite a lot more serious than the clone of games being released every 3 weeks (*cough* Five Nights at Freddy’s *cough*), and is a ton better than whatever they are releasing, so before spending some of your hard earned cash, (or not so hard earned cash, I don’t know how you get money), why not give this a whirl first? Truth to be told, it has more entertainment value than You-Know-What.

My only complaint about the game would be that the game really could and should have been a great deal longer, the story and plot line has so much room for expansion, don’t get me wrong this game is good as it is, but an update or something to have more of a capitalisation upon the story of the characters (trying not to spoil here), as it was not really explained enough to really give to effective of a cliff-hanger, but is suppose, it is about the psychological effects more than the plot after all.

Addressing re-playability, it looks the game that you might feel inclined to play and then play again immediately, or after a few weeks of intervals, because the story immerses you so well, (like I said room for expansion) that you really want to replay it, (after this review I’m probably going off to replay it, because it’s so good), but, to be honest, it doesn’t need to be replayed, however, if you got the time, replay it, because it’s like your looking through a completely different perspective, and maybe I would of get FNAF 2 if I had the ability to be the animatronics, but to be honest, it isn’t up my street anyway, (I hate jump scares, poorest way of adding tension, but I’m not a game developer, so what do I know?), but I’m getting off topic.

Next on my list is the graphics, and when I say what you expected from a game that takes barely any time to download, your answer would probably be not much, however, this graphics, enhances the game, and makes it more immersive, it feels older, making you feel it is more unknown the games you normally play, and considering the engine used was Unity free version, you can count me impressed. I think the creator could not be more right with this “It features a unique artstyle that combines elements of pixel horror with realistic lighting effect, which is intended to enhance the surreal atmosphere”. That right there is exactly what it does, the graphic make it feel more real, it makes the atmosphere feel as if it is happening with just you in control of the body, and that the body you control, is you, and you want to know who is this character, and what is he/she doing here? What relevance does it have to the story? How does the title fit in with all this? And that is exactly why you play this game past the opening moments, because you want to know the answer, and you are going to play through this game multiple times just to find out what is going on here. And that is the true beauty of an indie game like this.

Last, but most certainly not least, the music. This tune, fits too well for this game, the eerie sound of the tune fits in perfectly with the game itself, as if the music was made specifically for the game (maybe it was?) because it naturally makes sense for the sounds being played and the game itself, I can’t have any real complaints about this game, because, on all aspects, its indie developer’s dream, because it doesn’t appear to have any bugs, its well-made and fluid.

I really want to say how impressed I am by this, and I give kudos to the creator for such a unique and enjoyable game, that has changed my opinion on all horror games, and the genre itself, maybe I might get those games with lots of zombies and jump scares in it… No. This game is beautifully original, and is hand crafted to a perfect game, and is an absolute gem.

If you’re still not willing to give this game a go, then… I don’t know, maybe you just don’t like psychological horror, or maybe you’re on your phone or something, and you can’t download it yet, who knows, maybe you’re holidaying in Belarus, and won’t be back for a while.

So, in a nutshell, good game, well played. Sorry for any mistakes, I’m not fluent English, if you have any questions, or want me to review a game, add me or drop a comment on this, or my profile.
And on that bombshell…

Goodnight!

P.S: I do know this game has been out since March last year, but just wasn’t on Steam
P.S.S: Totally didn’t find out just now when searching the game to make sure I hadn’t got the wrong game
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168 of 194 people (87%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2015
A very short game that can be beaten in 10-20 minutes. But despite that, it gives a very haunting atmosphere that sends chills down your spine. This game is very well made and doesn't resort to cheap jumpscares to scare the player. Fingerbones touches on subjects you'd never want to think about and it has one job: to creep you the ♥♥♥♥ out. My rating for this game: 7/10
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274 of 356 people (77%) found this review helpful
304 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2015
Door that says exit actually exits.

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110 of 126 people (87%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2015
I am a horror fan. I do not like jump scares. Being scared has nothing to do with horror.
Horror is something you build up. It never goes away. Horror stays!
So what about Fingerbones?
Well... this is really a very interesting horror game.
I mean it is disturbing.
But it has a story to tell, and the story is unraveled in a good way.

This game is not for everyone though.
There are people that will dislike it.
Either because of the stoy or of the whole setting.
I will recommend this, but beware. This is an adult plus game and it is really disturbing in many ways.
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